Hawks to Host Knights in Final Nonconference Tilt
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball (3-11) wraps up nonconference play and the 2017 calendar year with a home matchup against Central Penn College (7-7) on Sunday afternoon. Tip time on New Year’s Eve from the Hytche Center is set for 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
Eastern Shore traded six ties and four lead changes with Drake in the first half, but the Bulldogs pulled away late for an 81-57 win over the Hawks last Friday night at the Knapp Center. Cameron Bacote led the Hawks with 11 points, including eight in the first half, while Miryne Thomas notched his second double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bobby Collins on the Matchup
“We’re pretty beat up right now, so luckily we can use this time [before Central Penn] to go back, recover, and get back to the grind.”
The Hawks have hosted the Knights each of the last two seasons, winning 115-86 in December 2015 and winning 87-74 on Dec. 5, 2016. In last year’s matchup, Ryan Andino led all scorers with 20 points, while Logan McIntosh added 16 and three other Hawks scored in double figures.
Hawk Quick Shots
Senior guard Logan McIntosh continues to carry the load for The Shore. Over his last five games the Atlanta native has averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 37.0 minutes per contest. McIntosh has recovered nicely from the back injury that kept him out for three games in November. All six of his double-digit scoring efforts have come since Nov. 24, including an 18-point outburst at Liberty and 17 points at ISU.
In lieu of injuries to Colen Gaynor and Tyler Jones, walk-on freshman Michael Odiana saw his first significant minutes in the games against Iowa State and Drake. The Dracut, Massachusetts native scored his first collegiate points and played a spirited defense in the second half against Iowa State. Odiana played a season-high 20 minutes and sniped his first three-pointer in the Drake game.
Eastern Shore opens MEAC play on Jan. 3 with a showdown at league favorite and rival Morgan State. Tip from Baltimore is approximately 7:30 p.m. The Hawks will host a pair of conference games over the weekend, welcoming Hampton (Jan. 6) and Bethune-Cookman (Jan. 8) to Princess Anne.
3 – Double-digit scoring games for Cameron Bacote in his last four (none in his previous eight)
8 – Hawk three-pointers against Drake, their most since Nov. 25 against Tennessee Tech
352 – Minutes from walk-ons (12.6 percent of 2800 total) for the Hawks this season
About Central Penn
Central Penn is a powerhouse in USCAA Division II, a small college athletic organization. The Knights frequently schedule above their pay grade; The Shore will be CPC’s fifth of six NCAA Division I opponents this season, including UMBC and Howard. Central Penn scored a signature win earlier this season, knocking off NAIA Division I No. 5 University of the Cumberlands 70-68 on the road on Nov. 25.
Junior guard Daylin Davis has been a factor on a good chunk of Knight baskets this season. In the three games in which CPC has provided statistics, the Temple Hills, Maryland native leads the team in points (14.7) and assists (5.0) per game. Davis is shooting .636 from the floor and .429 from beyond the arc.
Second-year head coach David Archer inherited a Knights team that went to the USCAA D2 national championship game in 2015-16. He took that 20-win squad and won 25 in his first season, earning a No. 2 seed in the 2017 national tournament and reaching the Final Four before bowing to Penn State York. Archer has positioned CPC to make another deep run in the USCAA Tournament come late February.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast locally on flagship radio station Fox Sports 960 AM WTGM and online at EasternShoreHawks.com. Pregame coverage starts at 2:45 p.m. EST with Will DeBoer and Dave Byrd on the call for The Shore Sports Network.
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